The Chamber of Shipping was pleased to hear the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announce the revocation of the ban on cruise ships beginning November 1, 2021. “Recognizing the months of planning that it will take to resume cruise in time for the 2022 season, the Minister’s message today is a clear and positive signal to the industry to prepare,” said President Robert Lewis-Manning. “We were also very pleased that the Government of Canada is working with their U.S. counterparts to ensure a harmonized approach and experience for cruise passengers.”
The inter-agency collaboration between Canada’s Transport Canada, Public Health Agency Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency and U.S. counterparts Department of Transport, Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection promises to provide a holistic and harmonized North American approach for cruise to restart safely in Canada. Ensuring adequate resources are available for a smooth restart will be crucial to the successful resumption of Canada’s cruise industry.
“Transport Canada’s intention to have a seamless process for passengers – from flight to embarkation and further to shore excursions – will allow for risk mitigation for the communities on the West Coast who rely on the cruise industry while ensure the health of those communities is kept as a paramount consideration,” Lewis-Manning said. “Given the significant contribution the cruise industry provides to local and national economies, a confirmed restart of the cruise industry is welcome news indeed.”
The Chamber is committed to working with government, the cruise industry and tourism associations to provide support, advice and collaboration as needed.